Spectral simulations of laminar-turbulent transition in plane Poiseuille flow and comparison with experiments

  • Leonhard Kleiser
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 170)


Laminar-turbulent transition in plane Poiseuille flow is simulated using the FourierChebyshev spectral method to integrate the three-dimensional time-dependent NavierStokes equations. For pressure computation, a new algorithm has been developed which enforces incompressibility and boundary conditions exactly even in the discretised equations. Detailed comparisons of the numerical results have been made with the vibrating-ribbon experiments of Nishioka et al. It is established that the numerical simulations reproduce the experimentally observed transition process up to the “spike” stage.


Secondary Instability Oblique Wave Plane Poiseuille Flow Plane Channel Flow Chebyshev Spectral Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonhard Kleiser
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  1. 1.Institut für ReaktorentwicklungKernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbHKarlsruheGermany

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